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The City of Canterbury Bankstown is one of six councils selected by the Office of the NSW
Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) to trial a new Outdoor Dining Policy in April.
Administrator, Richard Colley, welcomed the opportunity to be involved in the trial.
“The diversity of the food available in Canterbury-Bankstown makes it a major drawcard for
thousands of people who travel to the area each year to shop or enjoy a dining experience,” Mr Colley said.
“As a result, the food sector contributes more than $478 million to the economy each year.
“I’m hoping this trial will attract even more people to our city’s town centres and encourage
local residents to experience outdoor dining more often. But, for that to happen, we must
have the necessary guidelines in place for our local businesses to introduce or expand
outdoor dining. These guidelines must be simple, easy to follow and implement.”
NSW Small Business Commissioner, Robyn Hobbs OAM, recently attended a workshop with
Council officers aimed at identifying ways to make the current NSW Outdoor Dining Policy
simpler and easier for cafes and restaurants to expand their business onto the footpath -
providing a more attractive and vibrant feel.
“We want to remove barriers for small business and improve the dynamic of the City,” Ms
“We’re seeking to have a generic policy which might only have five guidelines for each
council to follow and perhaps one or two applicable to their area. If we have that, it will make
it easy to do business.
“One of the things about outdoor dining is the vibrancy of public spaces. It’s always
wonderful to see people enjoying eating and drinking outside, so the easier we can make it,
the better it is.”
There are more than 1,300 cafes, restaurants and other food outlets in Canterbury-Bankstown, making it the second largest food industry in NSW outside the Sydney CBD.
Mr Colley said it was very important Council works with the NSW and Federal Governments
on initiatives like these, to ensure the sector continues to flourish.
“Local business success leads to job creation and more local positions for our residents,” Mr
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